Happy Happy Easter to all of you!
The EB (as I like to refer to the Easter Bunny) did a good job this year! All the kids got chocolate bunnies, eggs filled with jelly belly beans, and Hershey kisses, both dark chocolate and truffles. Yummy!
Each munchkin also got a video game that they wanted! Pumpkin got Catz for her Nintendo DS Lite, Fuzzy got a Star Wars game, and Hammer got the new TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) game. Happy camperoonies all around!
Last night, we had a mini crisis, though. At about 1 am, Pumpkin came down to go to the bathroom.
At the exact same time that the EB <<< read ME >>> was hiding the various goodies around. Hubby heard something, looked, and found her sitting at the kitchen table in tears.
As he tried to soothe her that I was 'just helping', I realized at ten years old, it was just time to 'fess up.
So, I sat with Pumpkin and asked her if she knew what Easter was all about. She said yes, and told me the Easter story. After we went over that for a minute, I told her all about the symbolism of eggs, and fertility, and bunnies, and spring. All about celebrating the 'renewal' of life, and plants, and how the Resurrection was then, over time, tied into all that.
Then, we talked about the 'spirit' of the season, and how nothing is going to change. Mom and Dad are still going to everything the same, even though she realizes there is no magical Bunny visiting her.
The magic is in our hearts.
Pumpkin was smiling and happy by the end of our talk.
Pumpkin realizes that she also now has a responsibility with her little cousin, J, to keep the 'magic' alive. And, that is true, and all is good now.
I honestly think Hubby is more upset today than Pumpkin!! It is really the end of an era for us with the kids. It is kind of sad, but time marches on, as we all know... it waits for no one.
But, hey, as a person who still had her dad hiding eggs when she was 25, engaged, and getting married in 6 months, I don't think any of my kids has anything to worry about in this house!!!!
The magic will continue!!!
Our roast chicken, stuffing, baked potatoes, and string bean dinner is about to hit the table (thanks, Dad)!!!